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Why does the chat on SE site display the global reputation instead of the site reputation? From my account on Christianity.SE (which has around 200 points)

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Christianity.SE scares me. –  Robert Harvey Oct 3 '11 at 18:49
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This is the kind of conversation that the assholes next to me at the bar are always having. –  Won't Oct 3 '11 at 18:58
    
This is likely going to get closed as status-declined as this is intentional behavior. All chat stuff is network-wide, including chat suspensions. –  Powerlord Oct 3 '11 at 19:03
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status-by-design, essentially; simply: that is how we chose to orchestrate reputation on chat.SE. It seemed logical:

  • chat.SE spans most of the SE sites
  • the reputation as a barrier is only intended to act at basic block of spam and throwaway abuse accounts - there aren't many rep-related facets to chat
  • we're all for cross-site community discussions; we wouldn't want you unable to talk in different rooms
  • if you are an invested SE user, we're happy to display that

Note that ♦ moderator status is tracked on a per-site basis.

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But most mod powers on chat are universal, except for seeing hidden chat rooms. –  Mad Scientist Oct 3 '11 at 19:09
    
I would expect rep to be displayed globally in (default) rooms and site-specific in site-specific rooms (which rep is used for deciding what privileges you have can be global all the time) –  Michael Mrozek Oct 3 '11 at 19:17
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